Romney delivers Republican Party weekly address
November 3rd, 2012
02:46 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney delivers Republican Party weekly address

(CNN) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered his party's weekly address on Saturday, outlining his economic platform and case against President Barack Obama with just three days remaining until Tuesday's election.

"The question of this election comes down to this: do you want more of the same or do you want real change?" Romney asked in his remarks. "President Obama promised change, but he could not deliver it. I promise change, and I have a record of achieving it."

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The GOP candidate went on to lay out the major aspects of his economic platform, including "North American energy independence by the year 2020," investments in education, "trade that works for America," a balanced budget within a decade, and "champion our small businesses."

His plan includes five bills and five executive orders in those areas.

He also delved into his business and government background, explaining that while in the private sector, he "helped people turn their dreams into success stories" at several companies, including Stapes, Bright Horizons, and Sports Authority.

Then, as governor of Massachusetts, he "moved past 20 states in job creation – and turned a $3 billion deficit into a $2 billion rainy day fund."

"Whether in public office or at a private business, I didn't ask people what party they belonged to - I asked them what ideas they brought to the table," Romney said. "As governor, I met with leaders of both parties to find common ground. That's what I'll do as president, and I'll start on day one."

In both his address and an op-ed published Saturday in The Wall Street Journal, Romney described a "big" Election Day choice for voters.

His vision for the future "requires a different direction, a change from the course of the past four years," Romney said. "It requires that we put aside the small and the petty, and demand the scale of change that we deserve: real change, big change. I pledge that my presidency will bring about that kind of change-confronting the problems that politicians have avoided for over a decade, revitalizing our competitive economy, modernizing our education system, restoring our founding principles."

Romney noted the impact of Sandy, the superstorm which battered parts of the East Coast this week, killed over 100 in the U.S., and has left millions still without power.

"I'd like to start off by saying that our thoughts and prayers are with those on the East Coast who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy," Romney said. "Americans come together in times of crisis. Our first impulse is to come to the aid of those in need. This time will be no different, and we will help our fellow Americans recover from this tragic storm."

President Barack Obama focused on the storm in his weekly address, speaking to his role in the federal response effort.

Romney campaigned in New Hampshire, Iowa, and Colorado on Saturday.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. crp

    The real change would be the changing of Mr. Romney's stripes. He is now going to be on the side of the workers and not the corporations and the wealthy leaders who have bankrolled whose campaign. After helping to send the jobs overseas and to China he is now going to bring them back. Sorry folks, we need to really think this through. Do you believe that he will do this and allow the investments he has made and that his colleagues have made to falter. Not one of these people will be interested in losing money,

    November 3, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. McShannon

    Governor Romney has self confidence and a good following of old white men. This conservative remnant from the past isn’t aware that this is a last hurrah for them and that a paradigm shift of our assumptions regarding how we care about each other and of all people on earth is the new America.

    November 3, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. hankers

    You want change... Romney-style? Just ask some of the workers from some of the Bain "successes".

    November 3, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. g

    the only thing i learned from mitt is to flipp the channel when he,s on canmt take any more bull

    November 3, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Want a true haloween scare?

    Mitt and Ann Romney were notified today that they have been charged of ethics violations.

    Remember... this is not a criminal (jail) or civil (probably settlement) charge. It is ethical, which at minimum would discredit his corporations (he'd then dissolve them) and probably end in a fine or settlement which would only be a fraction of the actual profit. Depending on how this shook out, criminal charges of fraud (based on the viability of the company vs the 12.9b payout) might follow. That would mean jail. If he were president, he would prob be impeached and removed from office giving us President Ryan.

    November 3, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. Yolie Scott

    We are to believe that Romney cares about the victims of Sandy I don't think so – in fact you have heard nothing from the GOP as to wanting to provide any help to the victims. If Romney is elected President – we are in for a hurt of lies, as all he wants is the title. How anybody can believe what he says is beyond me when all he does is flip flop from one day to the next. I saw a statement today that was so funny it but was true – "you can vote for President Obama or you have a choice of 3 different Romneys that you can vote for.'

    November 3, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. Former Republican, now an Independent

    All of the records I have seen for Mitt Romney are not of achievement for anyone other than himself. Achievement is not bankrupting people's lives for personal gain, or skimming money from the federal government in the name of the Olympics. Achievement is helping your fellow man, not helping yourself at your fellow man's expense.

    November 3, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. An objective observer

    On Day one Romney will be a very busy man... Repeal Obama Care, Roe v Wade, Trade war with China/Currency manipulation, etc, etc.... so much to do on "Day One" what happens on Day Two? Oh I know reverse what he did on Day One..

    November 3, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. Harry

    Romney states that it will take him a decade to balance the budget but in the next breath he criticizes Obama for not being able to clear the deficit in four years.It seems Republicans have different standards. Give Obama 10 years and he will also balance the budget.

    November 3, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. beevee

    This rich dude definitely does have a lot of change worth a few hundred million. That is only change he can offer and nothing else. Wait a minute, he is not ging to give any of it to the poor and needy. It is all for his rich friends.

    November 3, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  11. linda

    After reading what porter stansberry has to say about what obama wants to do to this would not beleave it what he has in mind with our oil gas tax its unreal go to and see for yourselfs,look up porter stansberry

    November 3, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  12. fernace

    Romney is as devious & phoney as they come! He has lied & doubled down his way through this election! He's a corporate multi-millionaire who has the 1% welfare's back, so they can usher in a corporate plutocracy! He quotes his record in Mass., but when he left they were 47 in the nation for jobs & economic solvency! He say's he worked w/ Demos; his record shows Not! He say's he saved the '02 Winter Olympics; w/federal help($$$) that is! He say's he can balance a budget due to his biz skills; he "harvested" companies, i.e buying, raiding & selling off, netting bil's for Bain & mil's for himself! I believe that's known as ruthless! He say's he believes in America, but keeps his $$$ (taxes) elsewhere! He is Not what we need at this or Any time!! Obama/Forward, 12!!

    November 4, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He refuses to understand climate change and problems it has caused. More fossil fuels will make the growing problem worse. More solar and other renewables is part of the answer along with better fission power and more research into fusion power will make the US more secure.

    November 4, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
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